By Mariam Khan
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus lockdown.
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In a hadith, widely shared on social media since the beginning of the Covid-19 the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When you hear that a plague is in a land, do not enter it and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place” further adding: “Do not place a sick patient with a healthy person,” according to the narration. This advice is timeless and essentially what we all know by now. Islam asks that we put our faith in Allah, that when a disease is sent, so is a cure. But we must also protect ourselves. We must, as we have been, do our part to not make things worse. Staying home this year isn’t a big price to pay if it means those most vulnerable within our communities can be safe.
I believe in our communities’ ability to adapt and overcome. During Ramadan there have been online iftars, halaqa classes (sisters only Quran classes), Friday night quizzes, workout sessions via Instagram live, online yoga classes, fundraisers for those in need in our communities, and so much more. All these new spaces have been created in response to keeping our community united in Covid-19.
So, although I am saddened, I am encouraged that many of us will find creative and safe ways to celebrate Eid. Whether it’s an at home barbecue, a make-shift bowling alley set up, arts and crafts with the kids, hide and seek around the house, a video call with all the family around the world, a quiz night among friends or even if it means cracking out a new pair of pyjamas and sitting down to have a Netflix binge. This Eid will be one where we are all together in our struggle and that’s what will make is manageable even if we still feel alone.
Mariam Khan is a writer and activist, and editor of It’s Not About the Burqa.